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100 Thieves GM PapaSmithy explains surprising choice of LCS mid-laner

Published: 27/Nov/2019 11:09

by Joe O'Brien

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100 Thieves’ League of Legends general manager Christopher ‘PapaSmithy’ Smith has explained the decision to pick up Tommy ‘Ryoma’ Le as the team’s starting mid-laner.

The acquisition was a somewhat surprising one, as Ryoma is an Australian player who will be making his LCS debut for 100 Thieves.

Not only does he not have experience competing in a major region, but he will also fill an import slot for the team. Historically, LCS squads have preferred to use their available imports on talents proven in more competitive regions, such as Korea and Europe.

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100 Thieves are completely rebuilding their LCS roster after a disappointing 2019.

Following the announcement that Ryoma would be rounding out 100 Thieves’ LCS squad, PapaSmithy was quick to explain why the decision to pick him up had been made – especially considering that notable domestic mid-laners, such as Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park and Tanner ‘Damonte’ Damonte seem set to miss out on a place in the LCS for Spring 2020.

According to the general manager, Ryoma’s selection was a result of him impressing during tryouts, including demonstrating a “high baseline of skill”. The team also seems to be prioritizing communication, with English fluency also a factor in Ryoma’s favor. PapaSmithy also states that the decision to sign Ryoma was “unanimous”.

Ryoma won’t be the first Oceanic player to compete in the LCS, with fellow Australians Lawrence ‘Lost’ Hui and Ian ‘FBI’ Huang – a former teammate of Ryoma’s – having previously represented Echo Fox and Golden Guardians respectively.

It is the first time, however, that an Australian player has been signed as a starter for an LCS squad at the beginning of the season – heading into 2020, he will be 100 Thieves’ first choice of mid-laner for the Spring split.

With the addition of Ryoma, 100 Thieves have now completed their starting roster for the 2020 season. For fans of the team, the line-up may well seem familiar, with three players from their original 2018 starting squad – Ssumday, Meteos, and Cody Sun – all making a return for 2020.

100 Thieves full LCS roster:

  • Kim ‘Ssumday’ Chan-ho
  • William ‘Meteos’ Hartman
  • Tommy ‘Ryoma’ Le
  • Cody ‘Cody Sun’ Sun
  • William ‘Stunt’ Chen
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AOC explains how Elo Hell in League helped her prepare for Congress

Published: 28/Nov/2020 5:14

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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In her second Twitch stream, AOC hilariously explained how experiencing Elo Hell in League of Legends helped her develop the patience required for being a congresswoman.

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, affectionally known as AOC, has been open about how much she loves League of Legends in the past. The proud politician even stunned her fans and followers when she revealed she finally made Silver IV.

It might have been her first foray into the minds and hearts of gamers around the world, but it certainly wasn’t the last. In October, AOC made history when hundreds of thousands of viewers tuned in to watch her play Among Us on Twitch for the very first time.

AOC was so well-loved among streamers and viewers, they begged her to come back for a second stream. It finally happened on November 27, and it was as wholesome and entertaining as the first.

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AOC’s first ever Among Us stream on Twitch was a smash hit.

At one point during the stream, Ryan ‘Northernlion’ Letourneau asked AOC an interesting question about her League of Legends experience and her response was both understandable and hilarious.

“Do you think having to keep your cool in League of Legends chat has helped your political career when it comes to maintaining some decorum in Congress?” asked Northernlion.

“Yeah, I think so,” said AOC. “Getting caught in Elo Hell really requires so much patience. I was playing with 12-year-olds… rage quitting five minutes into a game… so it really builds your patience.”

Elo Hell is a term used to describe situations where players and their rankings are dragged down due to incompetent and toxic teammates. It’s something League of Legends players know all too well, including AOC.

AOC has always managed to come across as down-to-earth. Still, it’s comforting and kind of funny to hear an esteemed congresswoman talk about something so relatable, especially to gamers.

Elo Hell in League of Legends is the absolute pits, but at least we now know it counts for something.